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EDUCATION

School back in session for Valley Local: Students across the Robson Valley head back to the classroom. Birgit Stutz CONTRIBUTOR

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lementary and high schools in Valemount and McBride are gearing up for another school year. At Valemount Secondary School, principal Dan Kenkel said enrollment is at 97 this school year, up from 88, thanks to a number of exchange students. “We have 85 students enrolled plus 12 exchange students for a total of 97,” said Kenkel. “These are approximate numbers. Exchange Students will be very new and very cool as they will make up a big chunk of our population. There are 21 students in Grade 8, 15 in Grade 9, 17 in Grade 10, 25 in Grade 11, and 19 in Grade 12.” Kenkel said the high school saw 21 students graduate this spring. “Six kids moved away over the summer,” he added. “So far five are starting that have moved here from elsewhere.” While the closure of the Dunster school doesn’t affect enrollment at Valemount Secondary,

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Kenkel said traditionally, grads from Dunster who live within the Valemount catchment come here anyway. “We even get some from McBride catchment.” There are no changes in support staff and no new teachers at Valemount Secondary this school year. “Claude Germain retired and his position was absorbed by downsizing,” said Kenkel. The biggest initiative at Valemount Secondary this year is the push to go totally tobacco-free this year. “We are very close,” said Kenkel. At McBride Secondary School, principal Derrick Shaw said the total number of enrollment at his school is currently sitting at 101, but numbers are still changing, sometimes hourly. “There are 15 students in Grade 8, 22 in Grade 9, 18 in Grade 10, 27 in Grade 11, and 19 in Grade 12,” said Shaw. McBride Secondary welcomed three new students this year, two returns, and four foreign

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It’s a jungle in here!

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They got their start in Valemount, but now these Jasper boys, members of a DJ collective called Diatonic Sound, have been throwing hugely popular electronic music shows at Jasper’s Downstream Bar for over a year. Read the full story on page 12.

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New 4-way stops cause initial confusion on 5th Avenue Joshua Estabrooks

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f you’ve driven down 5th Avenue in Valemount recently, you will notice the drive isn’t as fluid as it used to be. Two new four way stop intersections are now located where Dogwood Street and Cedar Street cross the main road, respectively. Valemount Village Administrator, Tom Dall, said they installed the signs on Monday,

as they were designed to be less abrupt for ease of pedestrian use and snow removal activities. “Reactions to the signs have been pretty mixed, as expected.” The new additions to downtown have caused a lot of discussion regarding what the proper procedure is when at a four way stop. According to the drivers education material produced and distributed by ICBC, the proper procedure

“Reactions to the signs have been pretty mixed, as expected.”~ Tom Dall

August 30, and has been monitoring public reaction. “We expect there to be a period of adjustment, and we’re not going to go out and police it for the first while.” The stop signs came about as a result of a decision of council, said Dall, who wanted to address two safety concerns raised by residents. “The one on Cedar Street was due to the amount of foot traffic around IGA, and to slow the traffic down because everyone seems to speed right through there. The other four way stop was done mainly for kids travelling to and from the park.” Dall said the speed bumps on 5th Avenue aren’t enough,

when approaching a four way stop is as follows: • the first vehicle to arrive at the intersection and come to a complete stop should go first. • if two vehicles arrive at the same time, the one on the right should go first. • if two vehicles are facing each other and have arrived at the intersection at about the same time, the one making a left turn should yield to the one going straight through. If there is any doubt about who has the right- of-way, or if there is any chance of a crash, it’s always better to yield the right-of-way to the other person.

Valemount Community Church

Video Talks By Mark Driscol on the Book of Ruth Sundays at 9:00 a.m. as follows:

September 5th – God’s hand in our Blessing September 12th – God’s Hand in our Risks September 19th – God’s Hand in our Shrewdness September 26th – God’s Hand in our Redemption

For further details phone 250-566-4772 1275, 5th Avenue

Two new 4-way stops on 5th Avenue will take some getting used to, officials say. Since their installation on Monday of last week, more and more drivers have been noted to be stopping at the new signs, according to unofficial observations from local residents. Joshua Estabrooks/The Valley Sentinel

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McBride airport expansion Birgit Stutz Contributor McBride’s airport will soon be seeing an expansion. “We are extending the airport taxiway to accommodate an area for additional hangars at the Charlie Leake Field,” said airport manager Kelly Mortenson. Mortenson said there are currently six hangars at the airport, including two smaller ones for helicopters. “The new taxiway will go from the runway through the gap between the first three hangars and the large hangar, cross the road, and then form a T,” he said. “It will be approxi-

mately 300 feet long and 50 feet wide with a drivable surface of 20 feet.” Mortenson said 30 loads of material have been delivered to the site. “The material is silt coming out of the lagoon expansion. We are recycling. We will spread the material out, compact it and plant grass on it. The grass will be planted in order to prevent material from getting into the propeller or air intake and damaging it.” The extension of the taxiway will allow for the construction of additional hangars on the backside of the T. “There will be one new

one for now, but there is the potential for other hangars to be built,” said Mortenson. “There is one spot beside the windmill reserved for airtaxi work or charters. It’s easiest access for clients. We will also be able to expand for more helicopters.” Mortenson said this particular layout was chosen as this type of setup is easier and safer for fire protection as the hangars are compacted together. Mortenson hopes to have the taxiway extension completed before the snow flies.

Power line down in McBride Joshua Estabrooks

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ini-Earl, as McBride Constable Pete Berndsen calls the windstorm that rocked the Valley on Friday, September 3, was a wild one. High winds, lightning, and torrential rain swept across the Valley, knocking out power lines and downing trees, and causing emergency responders to be on their toes. On Friday evening, a power line connected to Hruby Investments’ mechanic shop snapped off the building, and ended up in the middle of the street. Berndsen said the line wasn’t sparking, as the power went out to the entire Village shortly afterwards, but emergency crews still responded to cordon off the area until BC Hydro crews could attend the scene. “It ripped the line off the building and it was just laying in the

street. The best thing to do was to just block it off with the fire department’s assistance and we waited for hydro.” Berndsen said he was expecting much more damage to be uncovered the next day, but to his surprise the downed power line was the only incident he responded to as a result of the massive storm. “The wind was pretty amazing. The clouds looked nasty and they were swirling. Then the storm hit with a vengeance around 7:00 p.m. and it was black all night because there was no power. You don’t realize how dark things get until you have no lights. You could hear generators going all over town.” Residents of Dunster also reported a small forest fire that started as a result of a windblown tree hitting the power line. Forestry crews responded quickly to the blaze and put it out without incident.

RV school report From Front students. There are no new teachers at the high school for this school year and no changes in support staff. Valemount Elementary School Principal, recently married Priscilla Prosser, said the enrollment numbers at the elementary school are currently sitting at 123. “We are hoping that more students will register,” she said. There are no new teachers at the school this year, and the support staff is the same. Prosser said staff is working on some initiatives, but they won’t be available until later on this week. McBride Centennial Elementary School currently has 119 students enrolled. This number is up from 105 students last year. “Twelve students graduated and several moved away,” said Principal, Kairyn Russell Janecke. “We have about a dozen new students from a variety of places.” Janecke said there are some changes in both the teacher body and support staff. “Mrs. Lisa Franke is returning from her maternity leave and Mr. Joel Zahn is joining us from Dunster Fine Arts School. We will miss Mr. Stan Keim this year. With regards to support staff, Mrs. Erin Williamson is joining us from Dunster. We will also miss Mrs. Aitken.” Janecke said there are no new initiatives at McBride Centennial yet. “We will be looking after salmon again,” she said.

VALEMOUNT NEW LIFE CENTRE Will be holding a food drive in support of the Valemount Food Bank. Wednesday, Sept. 15 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 5th Ave - 9th Ave Wednesday, Sept 22 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 1st Ave - 4th Ave and Main Street area Wednesday, Sept. 29 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 14th ave, Cranberry Place, Highway 5, and the trailer courts.

For pickup please call 250 - 566-4824 or drop off your items at the church If you are not available when we are in your area.

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Joshua Estabrooks Viewpoint

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n event like the upcoming train memorial at the Valemount Legion is a testament to the hard work and dedication of a handful of volunteers, and the complete respect they have for those who have served this country in various military capacities. I have only attended one other memorial service for this disaster, five years ago, and I can tell you it was a moving experience. One can only imagine the chaos and urgency the men on that fateful train experienced, and how painful and traumatic many of them experienced in their last living moments. Scalding hot steam, freezing cold temperatures, mangled metal and splintered wood, all images one may not want to recall ever again, but these dedicated veterans choose relive the events of that day out of respect for those who didn’t walk away. Most people, when faced with a traumatic event in their lives, try not to be reminded of it, as either a coping mechanism or out of a necessity to move on with their existence. Not these men and women. They make the conscious choice to remember, and their determination commands respect. I know I speak for everyone at The Valley Sentinel when I extend the warmest of welcomes to these heroes. I know I will be very interested to speak with some of the survivors, and help them record and pass on their stories from that day, as it will be up to us to continue this tradition of remembrance, so the tales from that fateful November day will never be forgotten.

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Campbell’s lies Dear Editor; r. Blair Lexstrom said in a CBC interview no member of the Campbell caucus or cabinet knew plans for the HST were being researched before the last provincial election. An election during which Campbell and his candidates stated clearly no new tax measures were being contemplated. Saying they were not “on our radar” is a nice slight of language, but events show it to be a lie of evasion. If Mr. Lexstrom is telling the truth it shows two things. One, Campbell, a select number of cronies and the Finance department have been plotting against BC citizens while blatantly lying during election speeches. And two, the caucus and cabinet members are clearly incompetent. How can we expect them to represent us when they don’t even know what is happening in Victoria? It’s time the whole Campbell clan was cleared out and without those fat pensions politicians keep giving themselves.

Dear Editor; ast week we visited your lovely town on our way to Jasper and stayed two nights in a motel. We would like you to know what our first impressions were. As you know, the scenery is breathtaking and initially your downtown appeared to be scenic as well. However, as we were driving down the main street after we had checked into the motel, we noticed a sign for a bakery and deli. But the building was closed and appeared to be abandoned as paper covered the windows. We spoke at length to a local business owner, and she asked us to contact you via e-mail regarding our concern. Why is there such an eyesore right in the middle of town? Certainly any signs should be removed from the building and the paper removed from the windows. We could not help but note that British Columbia boasts many colorful murals in cities and towns, and we certainly have admired them. Could a mural be painted in those windows? We had a very nice stay in Valemount and purchased items at some of the businesses, but that one picture will remain in our minds for a long time. That is a shame. However, we would like to thank Valemount for its hospitality, and we did have a wonderful visit.

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“My Big Fat Diet”: Options to Improve Your Health Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR

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ou have undoubtedly heard of the amazing health benefits and weight loss results achieved by Dr. Stefan Du Toit, of the Valemount Health Center, and his Eat for Life groups on a low glycemic index diet. But have you heard of UBC Professor Dr. Jay Wortman who has had similar results with a similar anti-carbohydrate eating plan within the Namgis First Nation’s community of Alert Bay? Dr. Du Toit’s invitation to the community to attend a presentation by Dr. Wortman to discuss his findings was highly accepted and attended by about 120-150 interested individuals. Among other things, the main points of discussion were a carbohydrate restrictive diet, the obesity epidemic, and type II diabetes. The evening was complete with a Q&A, and airing of CBC Documentary, “My Big Fat Diet,” which followed the Namgis community as they tried Dr. Wortman’s eating plan, which not only improved their health issues, but also saw a significant loss of body weight. Bearing in mind that as a rule, Doctors tend not to take diets seriously, these two health practitioners, whom had never met prior to two weeks ago, have been busy comparing results. The reason why this is so big and exciting is because we are only one of two communities in North America, doing this, and they will be using data from our results for further research. Dr. Sean Mark, part of “Wortman’s Group” of medical practitioners and researchers, said he is analyzing the data, and will give feedback that can be applied to both Dr. Wortman’s and Dr. Du Toit’s eating plans. Both Doctors are essentially suggesting the avoidance of starch and sugar (carbohydrates), which metabolize into sugar, causing a spike in blood sugar (glucose) levels. The response is a production and introduction of insulin into the blood stream, which leads to a dramatic drop in blood glucose levels, resulting in a “sugar crash.” This in turn tricks our bodies into becoming sluggish and hungry, as they preserve energy and cause us to crave more sugar. The theory is if you don’t eat the carbs in the first place, you don’t get the crash and the cravings, and likely the weight gain, which leads to other heath issues. Dr. Wortman, a Métis physician with two decades in the public health sector, shared with the audience that eight years ago, upon developing type II diabetes, he stumbled upon a discov-

ery. Looking to buy himself some time while he read up on the current science surrounding diabetes, and developed a personal maintenance plan. He opted to eliminate carbohydrates from his diet, as he knew they caused blood sugar levels to surge. To his surprise almost instantly his blood sugar levels normalized, “followed by a dramatic and steady weight loss”, and the vanishing of his other symptoms. He believes carbohydrates are at the root of all evil regarding the prevalence of type II diabetes and obesity, especially among First Nations. Dr. Wortman’s astonishment at how good he felt led him to develop an anti-carbohydrate eating strategy that he realized, Atkins aside, was actually close to a traditional First Nations diet. His latter UBC research project studied the role of a traditional diet in relation to both prevention and treatment of obesity and various diseases within the Namgis study group. As he “connected the dots,” he recognized a continuum of metabolic syndrome, obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke that could be avoided. In his presentation, Dr. Wortman challenged some ingrained believes. He showed that obesity, which has been on the rise since the 70’s, matches the rise in carbohydrate consumption, whereas there has been no increase in the amount of fats being ingested, which leaves one wondering if carbs, not fats, are in fact to blame for the obesity epidemic. He also challenged the traditional model that says eating too much and exercising too little makes you fat. Dr. Wortman suggests, “we got the equation right but the direction wrong”, perhaps being fat makes you eat too much and not want to exercise. With 1 million overweight people in the world and 300 million obese, in turn causing countless health problems, Dr. Wortman is a committed public advocate. In a letter published in 2006 in the Vancouver Sun, Dr. Wortman challenged the BC provincial health ministry to, without bias; consider the emerging evidence pointing us in an anti-carbohydrate direction. I wouldn’t expect to see a change in the Canada Food Guide anytime soon, but the hype will undoubtedly create good discussion and contemplation. The changes associated with these diets can be significant, so if you are interested in trying an eating plan, especially if you are on any type of medication or suffer from any heath issues, it is strongly suggested to consult with your physician first.

VARDA Annual General Meeting

will be held at the Best Western Valemount, Eagles Room Sept 14, 2010 @ 7:00pm Vote in your 2010/2011 Board of Directors and get updated on VARDA current events ! A current membership in VARDA is needed to be eligible to vote. Memberships are available for $20 at the VARDA office located next to the Visitor Information Center. 2009 / 2010 Memberships Expire after this meeting. Remember, if you are a sponsor, you are also a member! Call 250-566-4817 or email varda@valemount.ca General public are welcome to attend

Oolichan grease! What’s that? Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR

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olichan Grease, another point of interest in Dr. Jay Wortman’s talk at the Best Western, Tuesday evening, is a “humbling story of ancient wisdom,” he explained. Dr. Wortman’s highly successful project had members of the Namgis community of Alert Bay, British Columbia spend a year eating a diet more similar to that of their ancestors in the region. It is based on traditional First Nations foods that have protein and fat but no starch or sugar, also known as Carbohydrates, which were not a part of their diet until their introduction by Europeans 150 years ago and Dr. Wortman believes, are to blame for the rise of diabetes and obesity within the First Nations community.

Oolichan grease was an important component of that diet as it was an essential part of the traditional Northwest and coastal BC First Nations diet. They have long used it as a staple and experts say that in some regions it once comprised up to half of their daily energy intake. But what is Oolichan Grease? Dr. Steven Phinney, who Dr. Wortman consulted with regarding the grease, explains it best. It is derived from the small smelt-like Oolichan fish, or eulachon fish, also known as, ooligan, hooligan, candle fish, candlefish, or t’lina, and is rich in monounsaturated fat, about 55%, and low in polyunsaturated fat, about 30%. As analyzed by Dr. Phinney, not only is it appropriate for human consumption as it is very close to human fat (adipose tissue), but through

a boiling and fermentation process, it is extracted and historically prized for it’s “shelf life” and trade value. It is also responsible for the complex trading routes, referred to as “grease trails,” connecting the inland to the B.C. coast, and as historical legend would have it, it is thought to have even come through the Robson Valley. However before you go out and locate a lifetime supply of oolichan grease, Dr. Phinney did say he “would worry about advising us all to eat oolichan grease because [he doesn’t] think there are enough of the fish to go around.” Dr. Phinney has concocted a replacement mix for oolichan grease; he takes two parts butter, one part olive oil, and one part canola oil, blends them together and then keeps it in the fridge for all cooking.


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ROBSON VALLEY MONDAY

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• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • TOASTMASTERS at The Best Western 7:30pm9:30pm • Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

• Cribbage 1pm - 4pm at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge in lower lounge • Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

• Hamburger Night at The Legion in Valemount 5PM

• Dunster Farmers Market Sat Sept 11th 10am 12pm at The Dunster Community Hall. Sellers Welcome. Call Pete for more info at 250 968-4334 FINAL ONE!

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• TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit in McBride • 7-9 PM VFD mtg @ Fire Hall • Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • Community Awareness Night at Valemount Community Hall 7-9:30pm

• Cribbage 1pm - 4pm at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge in lower lounge

• THRIFT STORE FASHION SHOW and Tea at Anglican/United Church in McBride. Doors open at 2PM

• Terry Fox Weekend Sat Sept 18th Hike to Mt. Terry Fox. Sun Sept 19th Walk around Starratt Marsh

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• TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit in McBride • 7-9 PM VFD mtg @ Fire Hall • Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • Community Awareness Night at Valemount Community Hall 7-9:30pm • TOASTMASTERS at The Best Western 7:30pm9:30pm

• Cribbage 1pm - 4pm at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge in lower lounge

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• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am

• Adult Computer class at the Valemount Library 6:30pm-8:30pm

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• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am

• Adult Computer class at the Valemount Library 6:30pm-8:30pm

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• VALEMOUNT CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY CENTRE Board Meeting 2nd Mon. 7 pm @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door).

• PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING EVERY 2ND WED. 5 PM DOWNSTAIRS AT THE LIBRARY. • PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT Prenatal Classes, Baby Clinics Call 566-9138 ext 228 for appointments. • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 pm Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • COUNCIL MEETING 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 pm, council chambers. Everyone welcome. • CHAMBER OF COMMERCE General Meeting 2nd Thurs of the month @ 12pm at the Learning Centre • SADDLE & WAGON CLUB MEETING 3rd Thurs. 7 pm 566-9707

• ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION General meetings every 3rd Mon of month 7:30pm in Legion. • LIONS BINGO 1st & 3rd Mon, at Lions Hall, doors open 6pm, everyone welcome. • LADIES AUXILIARY #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3pm in Valemount Legion. • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs of every month at 7pm downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. Seniors Music Night 7PM WED • VALEMOUNT CIRCLE DANCE. For more info please contact 250 566-0095 • ADULT RECREATION BADMINTON. Thurs at 7pm in th Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Jamie @250 566-4656

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• Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

• Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

• ADULT RECREATIONAL VOLLYBALL. Tues from 7pm - 9pm. Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Shelley Mainprize @ 250 566-9854

TETE JAUNE • TETE JAUNE COMMUNITY CLUB meetings held the 1st Tues. of the month at 7pm at the Tete Jaune Hall.

MCBRIDE • VALLEY PIECEMAKERS QUILT GUILD Every other Wednesday. 7:00 pm in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 5693210. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Every Sun, 8 pm at the Health Unit. • OAPO STITCH & KNIT Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 pm, Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 • ALANON every Mon. 8pm at the Health Unit

• CIBC RUN FOR A CURE Ladies Night Out Sat Sept 18 at 6pm The Banquet Room in The Best Western

• Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

• TOPS Tues. 6:45 pm weigh-in, 7:15 pm meeting. Health Unit in McBride. New members welcome. Brenda Molendyk 569-3113 • VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING 2nd & 4th Tues,7:30 pm,Village Council Chambers. • DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP 1st Wed, 1 pm at Beaverview Lodge & Sat.10 am -12 pm, 441 Dominion St 569-2658 / 569-0113 • SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILIES DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS Last Wed every month 7:30 pm @ McBride Health Centre more info call Norma 569-2637 or Elizabeth 968-4347 • DOOR STORIES SERIES 2008-2009 Art Exhibition by Pamela Cinnamon. Nov 12 2009 - Jan 15 2010 at the Museum/Library Building 241 Dominion St. McBride


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School District ready for new year Joshua Estabrooks

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s fall colours begin to appear in the Robson Valley, students and parents of students, will be gearing up for another school year. There have been a number of changes to the district as a result of the budget crunch that has come due to fewer students enrolled across the region, but Superintendent of Schools for School District 57, Brian Pepper, said the district is ready for classes to begin. Pepper said they won’t know the enrollment numbers until classes actually begin today, and won’t have a final tally of these numbers until the end of the month, but he expects overall enrollment numbers to be down again. “We figure it will be down over 300 students overall. That’s following our trend. We are marching down towards 12,500 students in the next number of years. We’re at 13,500 right now.” He said numbers in McBride and Valemount might be up slightly due to the recently closed Dunster Fine Arts Elementary School, but they won’t know for sure until the end of the month. “Overall we have had massive change in the district leading up to this year. Last year we had nine school closures, which means nine consolidations, nine places where we will have to work really hard to consolidate and develop a

culture for a consolidated school. We have a new assistant superintendant with the retirement of Bruce Ballantyne and we have considerably downsized our board office operation.” Pepper said that there are over 30 principal and vice principal positions that have changed and as well as numerous staff changes, which will definitely have an effect on the complexion in our schools. “Our system as a whole has been reconfigured from kindergarten to grade 12, so that’s a change for the whole system. We went to a single computer platform, which will be phased in over five years, and we have changed our aboriginal support model so it is located centrally and will be providing support across all of the district.” In terms of the focus of the curriculum for schools, Pepper said there will still be a huge emphasis on reading, writing and numeracy; but there will be additional skills added as well. “Skills associated with critical thinking and problem solving, things like creativity and innovation, collaboration, teamwork and leadership, cross cultural understanding, communications and computing, career and learning self reliance, and personal health and the planet earth; those are coming more and more into the forefront and being worked into the curriculum.”

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services in Valemount will be at 9am and McBride will be at 11:30am.

Sunday school programs are provided at both services.

Early learning programs – It’s back to school time. And in today’s skill-based economy it’s more important than ever to make sure your child gets a head start on their education. That’s why the Province of B.C. is funding early learning programs like Ready, Set, Learn and StrongStart BC. These programs will provide your child with the skills to be successful in school and to be prepared for the opportunities of the twenty-first century.

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Determined parents set up tent school in Dunster today Joshua Estabrooks

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arents in Dunster who haven’t yet registered their children for school are setting up a series of tent classrooms on the grounds of the closed Dunster Fine Arts Elementary School to mark the first day of classes in the district. Many parents, who feel the School District has been stalling the process for the Dunster Fine Arts School Society (DFASS) to acquire the building, are refusing to register their kids at another school in the Valley, as they feel the best option for them is to pursue some form of distance education for the time being. “At this point it will be a matter of being there until they give us the building,” said parent Seth Macdonald. “It will be a distance education program of some kind. We are looking at some programs from a couple of districts for a couple of reasons. The first one is we don’t want to deal with School District 57 right now until they show us some sign of actually negotiating fairly, and the other reason is if we are doing distance education we’ll probably get our mail quicker from Kamloops than Prince George.”

Macdonald said that the counter offer from the School District, which asks for fair market value on a building that they have condemned, is “pretty hilarious. So to maintain continuity in the children’s lives and in our own lives, we are just going to treat the

and our property taxes, and if we are paying out money from our property taxes for the purposes of having our children educated within the community and they have taken that option away from us then I don’t want to be giving them my tax money for them to

“...to maintain continuity in the children’s lives and in our own lives, we are just going to treat the building as a locked building but we’re just going to go back to school there.”~ Seth Macdonald

building as a locked building but we’re just going to go back to school there.” Macdonald predicts there will be close to nine students attending tent classes on the school grounds, but he said even more students, who may already be registered somewhere else, might still come out to show their support. “For every student that isn’t registered in School District 57 they lose $7,000 in student funding. That is money paid out of our community

Valemount Community Awareness Night Wednesday September 15, 7:00 – 9:30 pm at the Valemount Community Hall Come out and learn about all the interesting clubs & organizations in Valemount & area, and all the fun activities to get involved in this fall and winter, including:

· registration for Valemount Minor Hockey · registration for Canoe Valley Skating Club · registration for Valemount Gymnastics Club · sports, hobby and recreation groups · public service clubs and church groups · social service organizations · special event organizations (eg. Valemountain Days) · everything else under the sun that you can imagine

tell me how my children will be educated.” What really frustrates Macdonald is the fact that the parents, who in his eyes are one of the main stakeholder groups in the school system, aren’t considered a valid entity when it comes to negotiations with the board. “The main stakeholders in this whole process don’t have a contract. Parents don’t have a contract so we aren’t actually considered any kind of entity that can sit down at the table with them, and we want to change that.” Currently, Macdonald predicts that the community has lost 2/3 of its school population already, and said it is heartbreaking to watch some fami-

lies actually pack up and move away from the community. “It is the saddest thing to see, but if we set an example maybe they’ll come back. And if not, at least we didn’t give up.” In a press release from the DFASS, an open invitation was issued to anyone who wants to come out and help support their tent school. The day will include a potluck lunch, as well as a presentation from Will Van Osch of the Forest Grove School near 100 Mile House, who will show a documentary about his communities fight to save their school. In terms of safety and supervision, Macdonald said there would be an Internet connection set up for the students, as well as radio communication and parental supervision to address any safety concerns. “We have access to the Dunster General Store. It will be our safety net.” Classes for the day will include outdoor education, PE, journal writing, and art.

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60th Anniversary of famous train disaster remembered at Legion Joshua Estabrooks

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eventeen veterans, including officers, from the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery base in Petawawa will be in Valemount this weekend to remember one of the greatest disasters in this area, and Canada’s history. The Canoe River train disaster, which is formally remembered every five years by the Valemount Legion,

will be taking place over the weekend, with a parade and memorial service on Saturday, followed by a breakfast send off, for those coming from far and wide, on Sunday. Legion President, Les Dammann, said that the disaster has touched many people from all over the country, and it is an honour to be hosting them in Valemount, even if it is for a solemn event such as this. “There are more people coming than we have seen in the past. The

parade will feature soldiers, a piper, the colour guard, cadets and some vehicles. It will start at Centennial Park and go down 5th Avenue towards the Legion.” Following the parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. a memorial service will commence. Afterwards lunch will be available, and later on a dinner, as well as old time music. The dinner will cost $12.00 for the general public, but will be provided free of charge to the veterans. The pancake breakfast on Sunday morning will cost $5.00.

One of the many displays in the War Heroes Museum above the Legion.

Disaster of the Century: an account of the Canoe River Train Wreck Courtesy of The Ranger magazine

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n November 21, 1950, two troop trains, carrying 600 men from the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, were en route to the west coast from embarkation to Korea. The two trains were travelling a few miles apart on a single lane track through the Rocky Mountains when the second of these two trains was involved in a horrific head on crash with a passenger trains bound from Vancouver to Montreal. According to George Malcolm (WO Pete Malcolm’s father), who was a young soldier on that second train, the fault of the collision was an incomplete telegraph message advising the Vancouver to Montreal bound passenger train of two troop trains coming their way. Waiting on a sidetrack for the first troop train to pass, the transcontinental flyer pulled back onto the main track and on a direct collision course with troop train # 2. As George recalls the accident, the troop train was going up a small incline and was travelling at a reduced rate of speed when the two trains impacted. The troop train was seventeen cars in length, and George and his unit were in the cars to the rear of the train. Although they were thrown from their seats, the shock of the impact had a chance to be absorbed through the cars in front of them, and at first it did not seem like an actual train crash but rather an abrupt stop. Some reports say it happened around a blind corner, while other report the flyer under a full head of steam. What is certain is that both steam locomotives slammed headlong into one another with sufficient force to partially disintegrate both engines. Cars from both trains jackknifed off the tracks, tearing up communications lines and ripping up the right of way on both sides of the track.

Two of the forward sleeper cars on the troop train were demolished in the crash an a third badly damaged. The leading cars of the passenger train, however, were not so badly damaged, as they were constructed from a modern metal design vs. that of early wood construction. And while some of the passengers on the flyer sustained minor injuries, all of the fatalities were in the wooden troop cars. Upon impact a huge cloud of steam enveloped the site and burst heating lines filled the cars with scalding vapour. A lot of the men in the troop train were in the washrooms at the time, and when the heating lines ruptured, many of the fatalities were caused by suffocation when the hot steam filled the cars. When the troops who had been thrown from their seats righted themselves and realized what had happened, they quickly organized into rescue units. The brigade doctor was unfortunately on troop train # 1, but as luck would have it a civilian doctor from the passenger train volunteered to help with the many injured. The outside temperature was well below zero, and with the train’s steam engines wrecked and the heating lines broken, it got very cold very fast, even inside the undamaged cars. In excess of a foot of snow lay on the ground, which further hampered rescue efforts. Troops used fire axes, sledgehammers and improvised crowbars to help their comrades out of the tangle of steal and broken wood. “Moans of the dying and hurt mingled with the hiss of escaping steam,” reported one newspaper account. “The steam poured through the wreckage and enveloped the wreckage. In the frosty air, the steam turned to ice, sheathing the cars.” Recovery of some of the bodies was extremely difficult and an oil fire rendered many of the fatalities unidentifiable. Of the rescue efforts, one RCHA officer is reported to have said, “It was pretty messy in there. Most of us

were veterans of the last war and knew what to do. We had an emergency hospital set up in two dining cars. One coach had jackknifed up and landed right on top of the coach behind it. All the injured were enlisted men. They were in the first cars behind the engine. No one seemed to know what happened.” The bodies of 14 soldiers were taken from the wreckage of the three coaches and transported on stretchers to a makeshift mortuary car. Three other soldiers were reported missing and believed dead. The two man crews of each engine were “believed buried in the twisted wreckage of their huge machines.” A hospital train carrying two doctors and 9 nurses arrived three hours later from Jasper. Hot coffee and toast from the hospital train’s kitchen were given to the troops aiding in the movement of the injured, many of whom worked without gloves and coats in the freezing temperatures. In excess of 50 soldiers had sustained injuries, many seriously. When the hospital train transported the injured to Edmonton, eleven ambulances were needed to transport them to more permanent medical facilities. The Canoe River crash is considered one of the worst train wrecks in Canadian history, and is particularly remembered by the members of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. In 2003, retired members of the RCHA who live in the Valemount area erected a monument at the sight with a plaque bearing the names of all the troops killed in the wreck. Rangers from the Valemount Ranger Patrol have volunteered to maintain the site and a couple of times a year they do brush clearing and weeding around the monument. In 2004, the Canadian Government officially recognized the accident and added the names of train wreck victims to the Korean War memorial. There was also a ceremony in the Senate which George Malcolm and other survivors of the wreck attended.


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» 29th Annual Fishing Derby September 2010

2010 Results 6 Yrs & Under – Largest Rainbow Trophy and Rod & Reel Mike Osadchuk Trucking - Trophy Wayne Schnell in memory of Donna Schnell – Rod & Reel Jaycee Towers-Meek – 600g 6 Yrs & Under - 2nd Largest Rainbow Trophy Alpine Country Rentals Maddisyn Smith - 590g 6 Yrs & Under Largest Kokanee Trophy Petro Canada Valemount Emma Boyd – 110g 6 Yrs & Under Grand Aggregate Trophy Bustin Trout Maddisyn Smith – 1360g 7-12 Yrs Larget Rainbow Trophy and Rod & Reel Nordli Construction Ltd - Trophy DRB Forestry – Rod & Reel Colton Byford - 1060g 7-12 Yrs 2nd Largest Rainbow Trophy Chris Griffin Trucking Darian Griffin – 740g

Ladies Largest Kokanee Trophy Mickelson Investment Ltd Pat Bennett – 160g Ladies 2nd Largest Kokanee Trophy Canadian Bed & Breakfast – George Cook Anne Osadchuk – 140g Ladies Grand Aggregate Trophy Great Escape Restaurant Lorna Griffin – 5780g Men’s Largest Rainbow Trophy and Rod & Reel Valemount Hotel - Trophy Sporting and Clothing – Rod & Reel Floyd Meersman – 2620g Men’s 2nd Largest Rainbow Trophy Valemount Fire Department Fitz Plamondon – 2120g Men’s Largest Kokanee Trophy Rod & Reel David & Holly Blanchette In Memory of Eugene Blanchette Don Bennett – 150g

7-12 Yrs Largest Kokanee Trophy Valemount Stone Company Colton Byford – 170g

Men’s 2nd Largest Kokanee Trophy Valemount Real Estate Yves Boisvert – 140g Jake Van-dongen - 140g

7-12 Yrs Coarse Fish Trophy Michael & Penni Osadchuk Adam Neuman – 180g

Men’s Grand Aggregate Trophy A Cut Above Mike Osadchuk Sr. - 12720g

7-12 Yrs Grand Aggregate Trophy Gene McKirdy Contracting Darian Griffin – 5770g

Largest Fish Keeper Trophy – Name / Big Trophy In Memory of Ray Brown (Marina Assoc) Floyd Meersman – 2620g

13-15 Yrs Largest Rainbow Trophy and Rod & Reel Underwriters Insurance Brokers Trophy R.D. Mechanical – Rod & Reel Kelsey Griffin – 430g 13-15 Yrs Largest Kokanee Trophy CN Engineering Valemount Kelsey Griffin – 120g 13-15 Yrs Grand Aggregate Trophy In Memory of Louie Bobke (Marina Assoc) Kelsey Griffin - 1880g Ladies Largest Rainbow Trophy and Rod & Reel R.D. Mechanical - Trophy Monashee Motors – Rod & Reel Nicole Vanderwheele – 1740g Ladies 2nd Largest Rainbow Trophy H&R Block Diana Piper - 1510g

Fitz Plamondon warms the hands of his daughter, Lily-Belle, during the blustery awards ceremony.

The young participants in the derby are recognized with medals.

Youngest Boy Fisherman – Rod & Reel Yellowhead Realty Colby Voth Youngest Girl Fisherman – Rod & Reel Yellowhead Helicopters Donna Schnell Largest Kokanee – Fly Rod & Reel Canadian Bed & Breakfast – George Cook Colton Byford – 170g Coarse Fish 16 Yrs & Under – Rod & Reel Mike Osadchuk Trucking Adam Neuman - 180g Hidden Weight Rainbow 960g Superior Propane Lorna Griffin and Cliff Burdon

Total Fish Caught During Derby

301

Grand Aggregate During Derby

88.9 Kg (196lbs)

Don Bennett presents Floyd Meersman with the overall largest fish trophy, for his record setting 2,620 gram Rainbow Trout, the largest in the ten year results history of the derby.


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Kid on dock: Aspiring fisherman, Adam Neuman, tries his luck off the dock at the Valemount Marina.

Maddisyn Smith gives a winning grin as she accepts her trophy for second largest rainbow trout in her age group.

Lorna Griffin accepts her trophy Largest Grand Aggregate numbers.

Hollie Blanchette presents long time derby organizer, Anne Osadchuk, with a bouquet of flowers for all of her hard work over the years.

Jason Voth wheels his son, Colby, up to accept the youngest boy fisherman award.

Donna Schnell is pretty excited to receive the youngest girl fisherman award.

Pat Bennett is all smiles as she accepts her Ladies Largest Kokanee trophy.

Diana Piper tries to pose as she receives a trophy for catching the second largest kokanee amongst the women.

Jaycee Towers-Meek receives the first trophy of the derby for largest rainbow in her age category.


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Diatonic Sound entertains a “Jungle” of youth in Jasper

Photos by Charles Diamond

Cole Worsfold aka “Coalition” pumps out some tunes for the patrons of the Downstream Bar.

Jordan Anderson aka “Mr. Wiggles” tunes the house with some funky house.

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o you know where you are? You’re in the Jungle baby! This was the slogan for Sin Sunday‘s, Electronic music show/back-to-school Jungle theme party, in Jasper, August the 29th. The party raged, under control, from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., hosted by local DJ collective, Diatonic Sound, based out of Jasper. For over a year now these boys have been throwing speakerjumping shows, featuring a lot of house music and dub step, which roughly explained is a robotic, symphonic, deepspace-nine, heavy electro beat. Their first show was actually in Valemount two summers ago, and their first bar show, Electroberfest, was on Thanksgiving weekend of last year. They are comprised of four DJ‘s: Ryker Indic (Commander), Cole Worsfold (Coalition), Jordan Anderson (Mr. Wiggles), and Jake Toews (JBOK). From metal-moshers to barefoot belly dancers, from scene kids to emo-skids, Anderson said the “party had just over 220 people in and out,” with a good representation of Valemountonians. Photographer Charles Diamond was on scene to capture the moment, as it was full jungle décor at the Downstream Bar. There were some truly innovative costumes, from tribal wear, to full body paint, and full-fledged animals, one guy even wore an actual bearskin, and two 18 year olds from Valemount, Dustin Yetter, and William Dueling, wore complete jungle safari explorer gear and sewed monkeys to their hats! Anderson said the theme developed because, “Every jungle/tribal dress up night [he has] been a part of makes people want to get absolutely wild”, so “what better way to cap off this summer than making chimpanzee

noises at the top of our lungs? HOO HAA!” Worsfold said it all “started with me and Jordan going to a couple festivals, finding out how much [we] liked electronic music, and then a desire to bring that music to Jasper.” Anderson said after “seeing Daft Punk in Vegas [he] really got turned on to electronic music,” and they “started throwing theme parties,” that, “have proven to be effective.” Worsfold “always loved showing people new music and what better way to do that then start Djing? I’m totally hooked and will probably start producing my own stuff this winter, and hopefully go to school for it sooner than later.” he said. Anderson said, “The Downstream Bar has been a great venue to us. The staff is great and the room is perfect… a lot of bars will tell you to play top 40 garbage, whereas the Downstream [lets] us do our thing.” Worsfold added that “the support we’ve been getting, is pretty unreal…If it wasn’t for our friends and all the people that really ‘feel’ the music coming out to every show, I don’t think I would be interested in pursuing it any further, I can’t thank everyone enough!” With show names like, 2010: a Bass Odyssey, Swingin’ With the Fishes, Shake the Walls with Beats so Jolly, you can just imagine the heavy-footed, bass-bustin’ big moves, mad bass in your face, and everyone dancing and moving together in one place. So bounce and bob, wave and wiggle, get down, get sizzle at this year’s annual Electroberfest party, which will take place at the Downstream, on October 10th, 2010. Cover is usually $5. Add Diatonic Sound on Facebook for updates and party dates, and I will meet you on the dance floor.


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Secretary Treasurer speaks to Dunster school situation Joshua Estabrooks

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ecretary Treasurer for School District 57, Bryan Mix, is committed to finding a solution to the dilemma surrounding the now closed Dunster Fine Arts Elementary. For Mix, the process surrounding the acquisition and disposal of publicly owned property is one he is very familiar with, having dealt with similar situations over the 20 years he has been responsible these types of transactions. From the school district’s perspective, the negotiations, that he admits have had shaky moments, are not something that can happen overnight, as they enter into the realm of real estate transactions, which always occur in camera, as with any government body. “We have to make sure than when we do something we are dealing in the interest of the broader public but also the Dunster public as well. There is a broader public that we do act for, not only us at the district level but at the larger government level, so we have to make sure that when

society are, and how can we do this so we get a win win situation. Right now everyone is losing. I have done a lot of these in my career, I have been here for a very long time, and this isn’t the first time we have had a situation where there is a difference of opinion between public policy and personal desire, and there will be more, but we have had other situations where we have closed buildings and they have been reborn into something different and the community has benefited from it. I believe that is possible in most circumstances. You will always have community needs and if you have publicly paid for assets that can be used to fill a community need, that’s okay, and I think that’s what we have here. We just have to follow the process.” Mix said that a recent invitation from the Dunster Fine Arts School Society for a meeting to discuss the property did not occur due to a number of circumstances, including key people being away on holidays, but he said he has provided them with his personal cell phone number and is awaiting their call to restart the stalled talks. “This group

“There are a lot of times where things start out and they’re not good but at the end of the day when the communication takes place and everything is worked through they usually end with everyone winning. This is a big part of the process of change.”~ Bryan Mix

we do things we do them carefully and thoughtfully. That may not be pleasing to the community of Dunster, but some of these things take time, especially the evolution of a school building that was publicly owned by the district to a building that is privately owned. That is a huge step so we have to work some of those things through.” In a nutshell, Mix said that if the Regional District was taking over the building, things would have progressed much quicker, but because the interested party is a group of individuals who have formed a non profit society, the building would essentially be exiting the realm of public ownership, which brings with it a plethora of questions and issues that have to be worked through in order to justify the transaction to the taxpayers of the province. “They want to negotiate to acquire the school and generally they want it for free. That is problematic and there’s a fundamental issue here. The precedent it sets is that anyone can form a society and ask for any public asset for nothing. It is not Bryan Mix’s or School District 57’s property. That building belongs to the taxpayers of the province. So if in a year or two the society dissolves, what happens to that public property?” If the society ceased to exist, Mix said it could be forced to sell it privately, and therefore it would no longer a publicly held property, and the school district essentially would have given the property to private hands, indirectly, for nothing. “This situation has some complications, that you as a taxpayer, and me as a taxpayer, and a business person has to be careful with. That’s why we have to go slow. We have to sit down and take a look at what the long term objectives of the

needs to have a couple of people get together, and it doesn’t matter where, and sit down with me and take a look at all sides of the situation and see if there are accommodations that can be made to work this through. That’s what we need to do and not do it through injunctions and takeovers and media releases. We need to sit down as business people do and take a look at the business case that we can put together so that it works for everybody.” In looking at the business case, Mix said that the counter offer from the School District that requested fair market value for the land should not be seen as a dead end, as part of the reason they made the offer was to gauge the seriousness of the initial proposal from the society. The other process that needs to be addressed is the board’s policy to seek fair market value, as it is there, but Mix said it is not set in stone. “That board policy is a product of debate at the board table so to change the policy you need to re-enter the debate. Board policy and ministry policy, law of the land and the school act, really direct the way we have to act, and the long and the short of it is there is that process, and sure it takes time to engage that process but it is in everybody’s best interest to follow the process. The board is 100% willing to engage in that process and they have directed me to get involved in that process. There are a lot of times where things start out and they’re not good but at the end of the day when the communication takes place and everything is worked through they usually end with everyone winning. This is a big part of the process of change.”

New Life Center food drive Joshua Estabrooks

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he Valemount New Life Center will be knocking on your door in the coming weeks, asking for nonperishable food items for their annual food drive to support the local food bank. Organizer Bobbi Roe said that the drive will be starting on September 15, and will target different sections of town each week between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. “On the 15th we will do from 5th – 9th Avenues. Then we’ll do from 1st-4th and Main Street across the tracks, and then on the 29th we’ll do Cranberry Place, the highway and the trailer courts.”

Roe asks residents to tuck away non perishable food items when they think about it, and if a resident knows they won’t be around during the times volunteers will be out collecting they are asked to call 250566-4824 to arrange a different pick up time. “Or they can drop them off at the church,” she said. The food bank is an important part of the social network of Valemount, said Roe, and it is usually in high demand during the winter months, especially around Christmas. “The food bank helps a lot of people that need it the most. This drive will help them build up their stocks before the busy season hits. We know they are always short on food around Christmas time.”

www.thevalleysentinel.com VILLAGE OF VALEMOUNT PUBLIC NOTICE PERMISSIVE TAX EXEMPTION

As per Section 227 of the Community Charter the Village of Valemount would like to give Public Notice of ByLaw #658, being a bylaw to grant a permissive tax exemption to the following properties for the 2011 property taxation year. Description of Property Lot A, Plan:11201 District Lot 7355 PID 012-559-547, Folio 97.000 Cariboo Land District

Organization United Church of Canada

Description of Exemption Buildings and Land

Estimated Value of Exempt Taxes (2011) $660.82 (2012) $674.03 (2013) $687.51

Lot 4, Plan 8948 District Lot 7356 PID 010-571-370, Folio 124.050 Cariboo Land District

Roman Catholic Bishop of Kamloops

75% of Land 88% of Buildings

(2011) $589.54 (2012) $601.34 (2013) $613.36

Lot 2 & 3, Block 2, Plan 10449 District Lot 7356 PID 012-675-423 PID 012-675-440, Folio 159.000 Cariboo Land District

New Life Sanctuary of Valemount, B.C.

Buildings and Land

(2011) $1,146.52 (2012) $1,169.45 (2013) $1,192.84

Lot 1, Plan 10662 District Lot 9778 PID 010-403-019, Folio 258.000 Cariboo Land District

VCFC Valley Christian Fellowship Church

Buildings and Land

(2011) $372.12 (2012) $379.56 (2013) $387.15

Buildings and Land

(2011) $995.07 (2012) $1,014.97 (2013) $1,035.27

Buildings

(2011) $1,031.02 (2012) $1,051.64 (2013) $1,072.67

Buildings

(2011) $223.16 (2012) $227.62 (2013) $232.18

Buildings

(2011) $3,259.72 (2012) $3,324.91 (2013) $3,391.41

Lot D, Plan 28461 Trustees of Congregation District Lot 7354 & 7355 of Jehovah’s Witnesses PID 005-958-458, Folio 415.580 of Valemount Cariboo Land District Part Lot B, Plan 31083 District Lot 7356 PID 005-229-618, Folio 125.001 Parcel B, Plan 23940 District Lot 7356 Folio 125.005 Cariboo Land District Lot 8, Block 3, Plan 10449 District Lot 7356 PID 012-675-563, Folio 180.000 Lot 10, Block 3, Plan 10449 District Lot 7356 PID 012-675-580 Folio 182.000 Cariboo Land District

Valemount Senior Citizen Housing Society Leased land from Village of Valemount New Senior’s Housing

Leased land from Village of Valemount

Lot 9, Plan 21237 Valemount Curling Club District Lot 7354 PID 009-580-905, Folio 435.009 Leased land from Cariboo Land District Village of Valemount Lori McNee Director of Finance


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Valemount Fire Hall renovations on time and on budget Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR

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he Valemount and District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Services Building addition and renovations on 5th Avenue are well underway, as you may have noticed. Phase 1, soon to be complete, will have the outside of the two story, 240 square foot, wood frame building finished to lock up, as well as tentatively heatable for storage by the winter, so they will be able to finish the cement floor. Next is phase 2, which will include the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and finishing, which Valemount Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Chief, Rick Lalonde said will hopefully be awarded to local contractors. The completion date is to be announced, and dependent upon this year’s budget. The original building, which was built in 1984, explained Lalonde, was designed at a time when there were just 15 members of the fire department and no women. Now with over 30 volunteers on the roster, including a few female members, as well as more equipment (chiefly a sprinkler protection unit, to protect buildings during interface fires, in pine forest areas),

some upgrades are evidently necessary. In addition to the 30 by 80 foot addition, said Chief Lalonde, is a water hose tower and crane hoist, which will speed up the rate in which they can dry their hoses, as well as provide an area for indoor, “high angle rescue training.” There will also be a pull through garage and laneway so that the fire trucks do not have to block the street as they back in anymore. With a training room expansion of 240 feet, the addition, Chief Lalonde hopes, will also house an office, larger mezzanine for storage, and women‘s washroom. At a cost of $202,254 (plus applicable taxes), the budget for this project comes from an annex reserve fund, built up over years by various creative cost saving efforts such as purchasing used and refurbished equipment, or simply doing without. That is, there will be no tax increase for this project. Superintendent, Kent Eigl, of Keale Construction Services Ltd. out of Kelowna BC said their portion of the project is on schedule and on budget. Keale Construction currently employees at least two Valemount residents and tries, when possible and affordable, to do their business in town.

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Columbia Basin Trust Annual Gener al Meeting The Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors invites you to attend their Annual General Meeting, which will focus on the presentation of the 2009/10 Annual Report. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the Annual Report and CBT activities. The meeting is being held at: Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge 1622 - 7 Avenue, Fernie, BC 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2010 For more information contact Maureen Forster at 1.800.505.8998 or mforster@cbt.org.

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Above and Right: Local workers, Everett Craig and Milton Balon frame in the tower portion of phase one of the fire hall renovation project. The project, which will cost over $200,000 is, so far, on time and on budget.

McBride’s Fraser Heritage Festival coming soon; will highlight local artists

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Photos By Kent Eigl

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he Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council are sponsoring their third annual “Fraser Heritage Festival”, accenting river values through culture and the arts, September 25-26th at the McBride Community Hall. As part of the international World Rivers Day, local residents will join others in dozens of countries acknowledging the importance of rivers in their daily life. As a prelude to the weekend’s event, local artist and Chair of the Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council, Sheilagh Foster, will paint fish with local children at McBride Centennial School on Friday Sept. 24th. The fish

McBride Community Forest Corporation

will be used as decorations for the weekend’s festivities. The McBride Community Hall will host exhibits for the visual and performing arts. Artisans will exhibit and offer for sale on Saturday the 25th. Entertainment will be offered by “Keith Monroe and friends” featuring “Old time music”. Refreshments will be available. Admissions for both days is free, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Sunday the 26th will feature local performing artists, such as; poets, singer/songwriters, musicians, dancers, and drama. At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Wayne Salewski of Vanderhoof will make a River’s Day presentation. He will offer community project ideas for the watersheds, streams and wetlands. Sponsors of the community event include: Heritage Canada, the Fraser Basin Council, the McBride Community Foundation, McBride Community Forest, and the Village of McBride. For exhibition or participation information contact Sheilagh Foster: 569-2758/ watercolours@mcbridebc.com or The Whistle Stop Gallery 569-8891.

SEPTEMBER 1ST BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING Regrettably our September 1st McBride Community Forest Corporation Board of Directors’ meeting was cancelled due to lack of quorum. Our next Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, 2010. All members of the public are welcome to attend. For more information please contact: Marc von der Gonna - General Manager McBride Community Forest Corporation Phone (250) 569-2229

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Activities to Entertain & Amuse Pioneer Photo

CROSSWORD AND SUDOKU

About this photo Description: Jessie Barnett and May Cochrane in a Croydon flower garden.

Date: 1940 Credits: Valemount Museum & Archives ID: 2003.17.40 Image: 8 of 9 If you have any more information on this photo or any others that appear you can contact The Valley Museum & Archives in McBride, The Valemount Museum or contact us at The Valley Sentinel.

Horoscopes

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

SAGITTARIUS-Nov 23/Dec21

Aries, say what you need to say before it is too late. If you think you have problems, it’s best to talk them over when the opportunity arises, possibly this week. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21

Leo, open your mind and see things with a new perspective. Only then can you wrap your head around a situation that has been causing you grief for some time. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

Sagittarius, sneaking around behind someone’s back is a recipe for trouble. If you are thinking of doing something underhanded, it’s probably a good idea to reconsider.

You seem to be living the same moments over and over again, Taurus. Why not change things up a bit with a little variety? You just might enjoy the change.

Virgo, just when you thought you were down and out, circumstances change and good things start coming your way this week. Share the news soon.

Capricorn, bury the hatchet and make up with the person with whom you have had an ongoing strained relationship. As you get older you will find old wounds heal quicker.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you’re in a domestic mood this week and could find yourself spending more time than normal in the kitchen. Experiment with all types of recipes.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, give it your best shot because that’s all you can do this week, when the deck seems to be stacked against you. You may find that Lady Luck is on your side.

WEDNESDAY

It’s time to seal up your wallet, Libra. The spending has gotten out of control, and you could find yourself in some financial trouble if you don’t curtail your spending habits.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, changing your perception of a person is easier said than done. Once your mind is made up, you have a hard time changing the way you feel, but give it a shot this week.

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

LAST WEEKS ANSWERS

CAPRICORN- Dec 22/Jan 20

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 It’s time to take the plunge, Aquarius. Instead of being shy about making a big purchase, you simply have to get it done already. Others will support your efforts. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, it’s hard to be at your best when you aren’t feeling well. If you’ve been under the weather, rally the strength to go on.

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The Right Agent... For Today’s Market. 201 DOMINION STREET, MCBRIDE, BC

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- VE VENDOR MOVING -5b bdrm, 2 bath - On 2 fenced lots - Nic Nice heritage home - Ma Many upgrades & renos - Insulated 18 x 30 garage - Quiet neighbourhood

$140,000

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1365 S HWY 5 VALEMOUNT, BC 3512 HINKELMAN RD MCBRIDE, BC

$579,000

2300 WESTLUND ROAD, MCBRIDE, BC

835 BEAVEN CRESCENT, VALEMOUNT, BC

- Immaculate home - 2 bdrm, 2 bthrm - Large attached garage - Paved yard, nice trees - Wheelchair ramp - Large 3/4 acre corner lot - Price slashed $51,500!

$187,500

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- Home & acreage - Semi treed 37 acres - Large 4 bdrm home - Shop & barn - Excellent location

$550,000 - Immaculate home - Awesome gardens - On 79 semi treed acres & yard - Large truck shop - Lots of wildlife - Nice Hobby Farm SPITTAL CREEK, TETE JAUNE CACHE, BC

#10 - 151 COLUMBIA STREET, MCBRIDE, BC

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- Immaculate large home - 4 bdrms, 3 baths - Fenced & secure on 3 acres - Paved driveway, RV storage - Very spacious & modern

- Awesome mobile home - Corner lot with huge deck - 2 bdrm, 2 baths - Fenced yard with shrubs - Centrally located - Immediate occupancy

$159,000

- Vast valley view parcel - Cleared 9.15 acres - 3 bdrm Modular home - Guest cottage & gardens - On mountain water - Best view in the area

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AL MILLER

THE HARD-WORKING NICE GUY

CAT-EQUIPPED WOODSTOVE HOT SELLING POINTS - “Why it makes sense to heat your home with a cat stove”

Environmentally Friendly Heat with wood and you won’t be contributing to global warming, also known as the greenhouse effect, which is mainly caused by increasing carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere. The amount of carbon dioxide given off by burning wood is the same amount as would be given off if the wood were simply allowed to rot on the forest floor. New trees utilize this carbon dioxide to grow, part of a natural cycle that does not add to the total amount of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere. Burning fossil fuels, on the other hand, releases carbon dioxide to the atmosphere that would otherwise stay trapped in the earth, causing an overabundance of heat trapping gases in the atmosphere ... the greenhouse effect. • Using wood as a heating fuel is endorsed by the U.S. Forestry Service and the Union of Concerned Scientists. • A cat stove reduces pollutants from smoke by up to 90% (95% when burning at peak efficiency).

Save Money • Burn the smoke that’s been going up the chimney. Smoke up the chimney means dollars out the chimney. • Compared to almost any other heat source, burning wood in a cat stove is the least expensive heat you can buy. • The Corning Catalytic Combustor will even pay for itself ... many times over ... in increased efficiency and energy savings.

THE ARITHMETIC IS EASY One cord of wood in a cat stove = 627 litres of oil Heating oil @ $1.10/per ltr x 753 per ltr = $689.70 Cord of Wood @ 100/per cord = $100.00 Save $589.70 Savings increase as the price of oil increases That could mean seasonal savings of over $1,500!

Wood... The Domestic, Totally Renewable Fuel Source • Wood is a renewable resource. Harvesting firewood has a pruning effect on forests, allowing new growth to flourish. Unlike fossil fuels, of which there is a finite amount, wood just keeps on regenerating. • The wood you burn likely comes from your area. It’s not imported, not subject to price increases due to political events elsewhere in the world.

Easy to Operate

Canoe Mountain Extreme Sports in Association with Paradise Valley Trading Post are happy to announce that these stoves and other models will be available Sept 15th. 15% discount offered. 250-566-9949 (cell) 566-1075 1424, 5th avenue

•Longer burn times means it’s easier to heat through the night • Reduce creosote build-up, the primary cause of chimney fires, by up to 90 percent This doesn’t mean you can forget normal safety inspections, but it means you11 get good news a lot more often. • Follow simple cleaning procedures. On average, plan to brush off the combustor with a soft brush, like a new paint brush, two or three times a season.

The Cat Stove Says “Yes” Burning Issue Helps stop global warming (greenhouse effect)? Likely to be the cheapest source of heat available? Price unaffected by political events in the rest of the world? Recommended heating fuel by the U.s. Forestry Service and the Union of Concerned Scientists? Totally renewable fuel source?

HEATING WITH WOOD IN A CAT STOVE

FOSSIL FUELS, OIL, GAS, COAL

YES YES YES YES

NO NO NO NO

YES

NO

The Woodpile Lasts Longer • Produce more heat from less wood ... by burning the smoke as well as the wood. • Enjoy twice the low-burn time of a non-cat stove, and greater than 50 percent longer burn time at higher burn rates. This means you load less often, and it’s easy to heat through the night.

Volume 25 Issue 36  

September 8 2010 Edition of The Valley Sentinel

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